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Cody McCone

NY Personal Injury Lawyer Cody McCone

Cody McCone joined O’Dwyer & Bernstien in April of 1987. He has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for his clients, many of whom have been injured in construction site accidents in the New York area, including the Freedom Tower and Building #3, #4 and #7 at the World Trade Center. He represents O’Dwyer & Bernstien’s clients not only in the courts, but also before numerous administrative agencies. He is the President of the Brooklyn Manhattan Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Second Department Judicial Screening Panel.

Mr. McCone brings his broad experience in all phases of Personal Injury and Construction Accident Law to every case he handles for the firm. To cite just one example: A recent client was an undocumented worker who was injured on the job while working for an unlicensed and uninsured plumbing contractor in New York. Though the client faced what on the surface were extremely difficult legal circumstances, Mr. McCone secured a $2.5 million settlement for the client and his family. Mr. McCone also won at trial a sum of $3.1 million for a local 157 Carpenter who fell from a broken scaffold.

Among his accolades and honors, Mr. McCone is a recipient of the Irish-American Attorney of the Year Award presented by the District Attorney of Kings County in New York. He serves as a judge at the New York Law School Annual Charles W. Froessel Moot Court Competition. He has lectured at Notre Dame Law School, the School of Law at Rutgers University, and at the Kings Inn and Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland, where he was a guest co-speaker with Justice Susan Denham of the Supreme Court of Ireland and the Right Honorable Michael Mulcahy, Lord Mayor of Dublin. Mr. McCone has served on the Judicial Screening Panel for Kings County, he is a member of the Board for the Sisters of Mercy, Inner City Handball Association, the Marriage and Relationships Institute, and Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Mr. McCone’s humanitarian approach to the law is evident in his affiliations. He has been an active supporter and defender of Irish human rights causes in the United States. A former candidate for the City Council of New York, he is a Past President of the Brehon Law Society, an Irish-American Bar Association of attorneys whose objective is to achieve peace and unity in Northern Ireland through the legal process. He also served as Acting President of Division Five, the Paul O’Dwyer Division, of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Kings County. Mr. McCone was the Brooklyn Irishman of the year, and Brooklyn Shamrock Football Club, Guest of Honor. He resides in Bay Ridge Brooklyn with his wife Rhea and their daughters, Ciara and Kaelegh.


“O’Dwyer & Bernstien has helped me in several different situations over the last 12 years that I’ve lived in NYC. They’re my go-to firm because they always obtain the results that I need and deserve. They’re also located in downtown Manhattan, which makes them very convenient. The office and people that work there are exactly what you’d expect from a top tier law firm in the world’s greatest city.”

“When I got hurt in a traffic accident while riding my bike in New York City, my friend suggested I speak to O’Dwyer & Bernstien. Upon my initial phone conversation with a lawyer from the firm I was impressed by his courtesy, quick return phone calls and concise explanation of the legal tactics available to me. After meeting face to face with him, I decided immediately to retain O’Dwyer & Bernstien to represent me in my personal injury case. I was very happy with my attorney and with the outcome of my case. I highly recommend O’Dwyer & Bernstien to anyone seeking legal representation.”

“I retained O’Dwyer & Bernstien on the recommendation of a friend. I was immediately impressed by the firm’s experience and reputation in personal injury law. From the start, my ODB attorney walked me through the process, answered all my questions, explained everything clearly, kept me updated regularly and always promptly returned my telephone calls and emails. My attorney was knowledgeable, professional, courteous and diligent. My case moved through the court system quickly. As trial neared, the insurance company saw that my attorney was experienced and thoroughly prepared to try my case to verdict. As a result, the insurance company caved and settled my case for the full limits of the insurance policy. I love my ODB attorney!”

“When I was hurt on the job I had nowhere to turn for help. I had been working as an electrician’s helper, but my boss was not insured and he had no license to do electrical work. I had just had a new baby girl and Con Ed was going to shut off my lights. A friend told me to call O’Dwyer & Bernstien. They took action right away and got great money for my case. ODB helped me get my life back on track. I will always be grateful.”